Better Business Bureau Report for
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Address: 3303 Main Street
  Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-533-4900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1964, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston's (IM) mission is to bring people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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IM operates the following programs: Senior Services, Refugee Services, Interfaith Relations, and Disaster Preparedness. IM’s Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston (MOWGH) program delivers nutritious, fully-prepared meals to over 4,500 homebound senior citizens a day. The MOWGH program also provides breakfast and weekend meals to those most frail and isolated seniors. The aniMeals on Wheels program provides donated pet food monthly to the pet companions of the MOWGH seniors. MOWGH helps seniors retain their independence and dignity, while also enhancing their health, well-being, and quality of life. IM’s Refugee Services (RS) empowers refugee families who are fleeing persecution to make new lives in America. The program provides resettlement assistance, such as help locating and securing adequate housing; case management services, such as help with chronic medical conditions; employment services, including job preparation classes; and English language instruction. In 2013, IM delivered 1. 4 million meals, with an average of 4,000 seniors served each weekday. Over 450 seniors and 1, 100 pets participate in the Animeals program, with over 84,000 pounds of donated pet food delivered by volunteers. IM resettled nearly 560 refugees from 14 countries, 93% of whom were self-sufficient within six months. IM’s Office of Disaster Preparedness & Response (ODPR) provides a network of communication between houses of worship, non-profits entities, and government agencies in order to effectively coordinate relief and recovery efforts. Features of the program include Dinner Dialogues, Women's Retreat and other spiritual programming (635 participants), the iFaith/iLead Youth Program (over 150 participants), and 40 other educational events.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's program expenses were:

Senior services 6,511,601
Refugee services 3,233,095
Interfaith relations 299,222
Total Program Expenses: $10,043,918
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Chief Executive : Elliot Gershenson, President and Chief Operating Officer

Chair of the Board: Charles C. Foster, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: FosterQuan, P. C., Attorney

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 139

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, email appeals
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $14,774,427, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government contracts 7,798,364
Contributions: Other 5,470,525
Gain on sale of property 1,726,489
Contributions: United Way allocation 979,189
Special event 526,349
Program fees 486,629
Rental income 358,248
Investment return, net 85,466
Other income 67,292
Cost of direct donor benefit--special event -179,271
Total Income $17,319,280


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $17,319,280
Program expenses $10,043,918
Fund raising expenses 929,877
Administrative expenses 2,142,235
Total expenses $13,116,030
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,203,250
Beginning net assets 5,856,888
Ending net assets 10,060,138
Total liabilities 4,364,665
Total assets $14,424,803

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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